Ukrainians wrong to salute Hitler: Report: Russia organizes demonstrations in the West

Fake Ukrainians Hitler salute
Report: Russia organizes demonstrations in the West

At demonstrations in Western capitals, groups of people appear to be flying fake flags. According to leaked documents from the Kremlin, they are being sent by Russian intelligence. Purpose: to create a mood – against Europe, against Turkey and the Ukrainians.

According to research by many media outlets, Russian intelligence services infiltrate or organize demonstrations in major western cities for propaganda purposes. The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that this was intended to create sentiment against Ukraine or to make it more difficult for Sweden to join NATO. Joint research by “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, NDR, WDR and Le Monde from France, Expressen from Sweden and Scandinavian stations DR, NRK and SVT are based on leaked documents said to have come from the Kremlin’s security service.

Accordingly, small groups organized in a European city are simulating anti-Turkish rallies, pretending to be Ukrainian, and agitating against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order to produce propaganda materials for online platforms. This seems intended to give the impression of a broader anti-Islam mood in Europe. An example of this is a demonstration by alleged members of the Ukrainian community in Paris at the beginning of March, who demonstrated against Turkish President Erdogan with Nazi salutes and masks, and at the same time mocked the victims of the devastating earthquake on February 6.

According to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, the Kremlin did not comment on these allegations when asked. According to the research, instigators apparently infiltrated demonstrations in several cities on other issues, such as nursing shortages, pension reform or climate, with propaganda directed against supporting Ukraine. The Süddeutsche Zeitung wrote that at these appearances in Paris, The Hague, Brussels and Madrid, some identical posters were used by the same people.

Pictures of her appearing online suggest an impression of anti-Ukrainian sentiment. The distribution of material produced in this way on Facebook, Tiktok, Telegram or YouTube was mainly controlled by three accounts from St. Petersburg.

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